Think Outside the Box… and INSIDE the Cookie Cutter!

Cookie Cutter Peppermint Bark

When December rolls around each year I don’t try and kid myself into thinking my inner Martha Stewart will come shining through… Last year I had an epic cookie fail and wound up with chocolate dipped shortbread cookies that looked like toes, and this year I kicked the holiday season off with a whipped cream fail.  Did I ever even mention the time I accidentally made brownies into soup?  From here on out, I’m sticking to what I know: Peppermint bark.
Snowflake Peppermint Bark! [Gift inside the cookie cutter]

I can’t quite “wing it” with baking but I can certainly rig up my own double broiler to melt chocolate in.  I’ll take success where I can get it =)

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glass bowl + small saucepan = a match made in candy-making heaven!

To make 5 cookie cutter barks you’ll need approximately 8 ounces of white chocolate and 8 ounces of dark.  Plus lots of crushed candy canes, which we’ve already determined is it’s own food group for the month of December.  Don’t mess with the facts =)

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Snowflake Peppermint Bark! [Gift inside the cookie cutter]
For the chocolate:  Bring a small pot or saucepan of water to a light boil and top with a glass pyrex bowl.  Remove from heat and add chocolate, stirring constantly.  In a few minutes you’ll have hot melty goodness ready to add to your cookie cutters.  You can pick up your chocolates anywhere from craft stores to chocolatiers but keep in mind that quality is everything.  I’m super partial to Merckens brand chocolate which can be purchased online or in dangerously delicious candy-centric stores.

Or you can forego that entire ordeal and  melt the chocolate in your crockpot!

Get your bark on! Prep your workspace by laying down a sheet of wax or parchment paper so that the chocolate won’t stick.  Arrange your cookie cutters on the paper and spoon melted dark chocolate into each shape.  A few spoonfuls for each should fill each about half-way.  Tapping your spoon in the center of the shape will help distribute it evenly.  Next add a little sprinkle of crushed candy cane or peppermint chips and allow candy to cool.  While you wait for your dark chocolate to harden, rinse your glass bowl with hot water and allow it to dry.  Water jacks up the candy-making process so don’t skip this step.  Same goes for the white chocolate, if you rush into the next step you’re going to have a hot mess on your hands.  Heck yes I’m talking from experience! =)

Once the dark chocolate is solid, move on to the white chocolate layer.  Spoon it to fill the cookie cutters and tap gently on your counter-top to distribute the chocolate evenly.  Top with more crushed peppermint and allow to cool.  Viola!  You totally just made candy!

I can’t take credit for the brilliance of this idea b/c it totally came to me when I saw this kit in a craft store.  I didn’t really need the kit [I have boatloads of chocolate melts that my peppermint-bark-partner-in-crime mom sends me each year] but I looooved the shape of the snowflakes that came in it!  Essentially all you’ll need to recreate this are some chocolate melts, some candy canes [or peppermint chip sprinkles!] and a few cookie cutters.  Trees… Snowflakes… Ninjas… anything goes.

PS: Will someone make me a ninja one? or maybe a dinosaur?

Snowflake Peppermint Bark! [Gift inside the cookie cutter]
 What’s your favorite thing to make during the holidays?

Update You won’t need any non-stick spray, just a sheet of wax/parchment paper!  Gift your peppermint bark inside the cookie cutter and then instruct your friends/family to slam the cookie cutter down on the counter and pop it out with their thumb.  It comes right out! <3  They can rinse the cookie cutter with warm soapy water to clean it and keep it!  Hang the cookie cutter on your tree with pretty ribbon, use for cookies, or cut fun shapes in bead to make festive sandwiches! <3

Comments

  1. nicoleandgwendolyn says

    lovely idea!  :)
    my favourite thing to make?  christmas cards!!!  it’s 2am here, and i’m finishing them now!!! x

  2. says

    You take the bowl off before adding the chocolate??? No wonder I always burn my chocolate when I try to double boil it.  I just end up microwaving it.  I think I’m going to make bark this year, because well, YUM!

  3. mums the word says

    Oh Ninja ones my boys would love that!! I love making Christmas cake, shortbread.. everything yummy actually lol!

  4. says

    This is a great idea for a gift. Have your tried removing the bark from the mold? I’d love to see how it looks. If I see a ninja, I’ll let you know, but you’ll have to fight Dudette for it.

  5. says

    this is such a great idea! :) we’re not giving that many gifts this year, but i so wnat to make these now…and i already have 3 boxes each of dark and white chocolate just begging to be transformed into bark!

  6. Paige says

    I love peppermint bark or just about anything peppermint and chocolate!  When I make it I add some peppermint extract to the chocolate to kick up the pepperminty goodness!

  7. says

    That is the cutest presentation idea, to give the bark in a cookie cutter! – And that way too people have something that lasts; I love giving homemade treats as gifts but feel bad because once it’s gone that’s it, but this way they have a keepsake too – love!

  8. Run with Jess says

    Super cute idea!  Does the chocolate just pop out of the cookie cutter?  or does it break when it comes out of the cookie cutter?

  9. Gail@SophisticatedSteps says

    I don’t know what to comment on first. The hilarity of your writing, your pics that once again make me want to eat my iPad or the yumminesssssssss that is your recipe. Talk about triple threat, my friend! Lol.

  10. corey melke says

    Alright girl – you are just too damn crafty!  LOVE it!  This is exactly why I had 10 minutes to read 3 blogs tonight and I picked yours…LOVE it… Hope you are doing well….been so crazy busy…. i know everyone has… its just nuts!  xoxo from Trinidad

  11. Erinj says

    What a fantastic idea! I make bark for Christmas every year but I have never thought about the cute cookie cutter twist.  I can’t wait to try it. 

  12. says

    My goodness, these are beyond adorable. 
    I love making “desserts in a jar” to give as gifts during the holidays. They’re fun to make, delicious to eat, and fairly inexpensive! 

  13. says

    Seriously girl these are so dang cute I can’t get over it!  I keep seeing peppermint bark recipes and was thinking of making some for fam and friends and then I see THIS POST!  And that blue table cloth is pretty much my fav color.  Thanks for sharing!! <3 <3

    Also I will agree that anything with melted chocolate/almond bark is uber messy and takes talent to make haha! 

    And for those of us without a double broiler..the microwave works!  30 sec intervals! :-)

  14. Linz says

    i LOVE this idea! i just made peppermint bark for the first time this weekend and when i cut it, it looks so ugly and was all random shapes and sizes so i really love this cookie cutter idea.. especially for gifts! stupid question though… after you gift it and the person actually wants to eat the delicious bark… does it just come right out of the cookie cutter easily? do you spray the cookie cutter with cooking spray or anything? i seriously might need to do this as gifts!!!

  15. jenn@ahomeinthemaking says

    What a great idea! So perfect to hand out to friends over the holidays :). I maybe completely stealing this :)

  16. says

    Hey Linz! Thanks!!! They are SO EASY this way! Much less mess and no chocolate fragments flying around your kitchen this way. You won’t need spray or anything non-stick besides the was/parchment paper! Gift it inside the cookie cutter and then instruct your friends/fam to slam the cookie cutter down on the counter and pop it out with their thumb. It comes right out! <3 They can rinse the cutter with warm soapt water to clean it and then hang it on their tree as an ornament, use for cookies, or cut fun shapes in their sandwiches! <3

  17. says

    You want to slam the cutter down on a hard surface and then pop it out by placing your thumb in the middle of the candy. Its so thick and solid that it comes right out without breaking! At lease in my trials it did =) Hope that helps!

  18. says

    Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.Be Merry and Bright!

  19. Allison says

    I am totally going to make these as favors for the annual holiday brunch I have with my college friends! Quick question though – I’ve never made peppermint bark before, how far in advance do you think I could make these? Our brunch is on Sunday :)  Oh, and I just wanted to say I found your blog via I heart organizing the other day and I’ve already made your samosa potatoes – divine!!

  20. says

    I’m glad you liked them!!!! =) Did you make the sauce too?

    Start the peppermint bark as early as you’d like! You can wrap them in aluminum foil to keep them fresh or even store them chilled in the fridge after they’ve had time to harden/solidify at room temp. I would just stay away from ziploc bags bc they tend to make everything they come into contact with taste plastic-y! Shoot me an email if you need help with anything! mwah!

  21. bigbearswife says

    Great minds think alike! I just bought cookie cutters to use to do just this for Christmas gifts! I love yours! 

  22. heather burdette says

    Making these RIGHT NOW – the directions are perfect.  My husband was happy to help out by crunching the candy canes.

  23. says

    Oh wow, these look so beautiful!  Your pics are stunning too!  I never thought of making chocolates using cookie cutters as molds.  That’s such a brilliant idea! I can’t wait to give it a try.  Raw chocolate is my current obsession.  I’ve been making heart shaped raw chocs and orange-flavoured segments this past week for Christmas pressies.  I’m also giving some away on my blog this week (closing date Friday) :)

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